The stem cell research in Asia is likely to move a step forward when the Malaysian Govt. has approved fund to establish two stem cell research facilities. The Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai has approved RM32 million to set up a stem cell research laboratory and to expand the cord blood banking facility. A separate RM5.57 million was approved to set up another bone marrow transplantation service.

However, Liow warned that the research must follow the ethical guidelines. The clinical use of embryonic stem cell will not be permitted. He added that each and every kind of stem cell research therapies must be approved by the Institute’s Research and Ethics Committee.

Meanwhile a National Stem Cell Committee has also been formed to provide governance and leadership.

Source: The New Straits Times